Billy Porter is a true hyphenate. He’s a singer. He’s a dancer (in high-heeled, thigh-high boots, no less). He’s an actor. He’s a songwriter. He’s a playwright. Is there anything he can’t do? Did I mention that he dances, nightly on Broadway, in high-heeled, thigh-high boots? Porter, who won a Tony (and several other awards) for his portrayal of Lola in the acclaimed stage musical adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots, has just put out his first new studio album, Billy’s Back on Broadway (Concord) in almost ten years. On it, Porter revisits the Broadway songbook, old and new, and comes up with refreshing and appealing interpretations of legendary show tunes. I spoke with Billy about the disc, Kinky Boots and more during the spring of 2014.
Nineteen year old Melanie Martinez hails from Baldwin, New York. The singer-songwriter appeared on the third season of The Voice, working with Adam Levine. This past spring, she released her EP, The Dollhouse on Atlantic Records. The title track was the first single off that EP, with a haunting video posted on her website for it earlier this year.
Baltimore OUTLoud grabbed a few moments with the songstress as she prepares to hit the stage in town this coming Sunday.
Dynamic duo (both in art and in life) Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Brown bring to the Great White Way the story of Sylvester, drag queen extraordinaire and performer of the eclectic dance hit “Queen of Disco” this June. He was stricken down by AIDS at the young age of 41. The play is being co-produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, of Dreamgirls fame, founder of the Diva Foundation to benefit those afflicted with AIDS/HIV.
Baltimore OUTLoud sat down recently with the creators to talk about exactly what the fabulous Sylvester meant to the LGBTQ movement, to the Foundation, and to humanity as a whole.
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